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The Norms of SF-36 Scale Scores in Urban and Rural Residents of Sichuan Province

Li Ningxiu *, Liu Chaojie, Li Jun, Ren Xiaohui. *Department of Social Medicine, School of Public Health, WCU MS, Chengdu 610041, China  
Objective To develop the norms of SF 36 in Sichu an, China. Methods A total of 1603 rural residents and 646 urba n residents were surveyed. Both th e US scaling criteria and China scaling criteria were used to score the 8 domain s of the SF 36 and compared with the norms of Hong Kong and US populations. Results The scores of the 8 domains of the SF 36 using China scal ing criteria were highly correlated with those using the US scaling criteria, with correlation co efficients greater than 0.98, however, the mean scores using the two scaling cri teria were different significantly. The norms of the Sichuan population were mor e similar to the Hong Kong norms than the US norms. The scores of the SF 36 wer e different between different age and sex groups and between urban and rural popu lations. Conclusion We Have developed the norms of SF 36 by ag e/sex groups in urban and rural population of Sichuan, China.
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